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Carmageddon Reincarnation exceeds $400,000 funding target

Stainless Steel exceeds Carmageddon Reincarnation fundraising target.

Developer Stainless Steel has secured the funds it needs to finance the highly anticipated re-imagining of popular, uber-violent freedriving racing game Carmageddon.

The Isle of Wight-based developer has secured over $443,568, blowing its targeted $400,000 goal, with eight days to go before the Kickstarter funding window closes.

Reassuringly for fans of the title, the amount was secured from just 11,500 bidders, with donations of between $1 and $10,000.

The original Carmageddon first appeared on gamers' screens back in 1997 and was widely condemned for its bonus system, which rewarded the killing of innocent pedestrians and competitors.

In a bid to appease critics, creators of the original referred to pedestrians as zombies, replacing red blood with green coloured gunge.

Stainless Steel has promised that Carmageddon: Reincarnation will be a "re-boot of everything that made the original games such a blast to play".

This means classic environments, drivers and powerups, in addition to a bunch of new stuff including rag-doll pedestrians and - for the first time in the history of the franchise - multiplayer.

Players will now be able to square up to each other online, while single player mode will feature improved AI based on the idiosyncratic whims of the developer's programmers.

"Thanks to in-house tech that’s been in constant development at the studio for more than a decade, we've been able to get prototyping under way," said Stainless Steel. "It helps that of the eight man team that worked on the original game, five of us are still with the company and raring to go!"

A release date for the game has been mooted for early February next year. However, with Stainless believed to be targeting an expanded funding total of $600,000 and Linux and Macintosh versions of the game, it looks like an awful lot of work ahead for developers to meet that schedule.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801374391-ADNFCR